Tigers boss ‘elated’ over efforts

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Emirates FA Cup first qualifying round replay - Stourport Swifts 0 Holbeach United 1 (aet)

“A great night for Holbeach United.”

That was Tigers manager Darren Jarvis’ verdict after an extra-time winner from Jordan Thomas booked a home tie with National League North side Worcester City in the Emirates FA Cup second qualifying round on September 26.

Jarvis admitted: “It was definitely worth the long journey and getting back home in the early hours.

“I couldn’t be happier – I’m elated because that’s a great result for us.

“Most importantly it was not just about the effort of the players in the game.

“It was a club effort with the supporters, committee members and reserves.

“As a team we set up in a certain way to negate their attacking threat. Then we out-battled them in all areas and our quality came alive in the final third.

“We created plenty of opportunities and their goalkeeper made a series of outstanding saves.”

Tommy Treacher and Nick Jackson will be back in the squad for Saturday’s trip to Harborough Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division. Andrew Tidswell and Jamie Stevens are ruled out through injury.

Jarvis added: “I believe Harborough have a good squad but we can’t afford to take anyone lightly.

“We need to maintain our professionalism, commitment and desire. If we do that then I expect us to win. If we don’t then we will come unstuck.

“As the manager I can try to motivate them but this comes down to a conscious decision by the players over whether they want to work hard.”